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Migrant farm workers are 'hiding' from COVID-19 testing in Windsor-Essex: Ford

Migrant workers are seen working on a farm in Ontario. CITYNEWS

Premier Doug Ford says migrant workers are “hiding” from COVID-19 testing going on in Windsor-Essex – a region struggling with outbreaks on farms.

Ford says efforts to ramp up testing on farms is being hindered by a lack of co-operation from the workers themselves.

The premier urged migrant workers to get tested for the virus and promised they would not be sent home if they tested positive.

Ford says the government has been working with local health officials and municipalities to address a spike in COVID-19 cases that has held Leamington and Kingsville, Ont., back from reopening.

The Windsor-Essex Health Unit ordered a work stoppage at one local farm Wednesday after 191 workers tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

Both Ford and the health unit declined to name the farm where the outbreak has occurred.